1916 Easter Rising.

For the second activity of this week’s blog challenge you have to write about a celebration that is used to remember a certain thing that has happened in your country. Seeing as how here in Ireland we are on our Easter holidays and I am going to write about the Easter 1916 rising in Ireland.

Each year on Easter Sunday the 1916 aster rising commemoration is held in Dublin at the GPO. This year is the 95th anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising

This was a big rebellion in Dublin on Easter week 1916. It was carried out by members of the Irish republican brotherhood and members of the Irish Citizens army. It was done as opposition to British rule in Ireland. It was the first uprising in Ireland since the 1798 rebellion.

Beforehand the Irish had planned to have a bigger amount of men to attack the city. But a man called Roger Casement was captured on the way back from Germany with guns and the Irish had very few guns so only about 1,250 men took part in the rising. Out of these about 300 went into the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly. other groups took over different parts of the city like St Stephens Green, Shelbourne Hotel, Bolands Mills and Jacobs factory. At first the British put up no resistance because of the bank holiday but soon more of them came into Dublin to fight the rebels.

The biggest fighting happened at Bolands Mills where Eamonn DeValera had his men open fire on British soldiers called Sherwood Foresters while they landed in the city. The shootings here killed about 200 people and wounded several more. St Stephens Green was a big part of the fighting as well were the Irish lost a lot of men. After six days the Irish were exhausted and were being shot at by huge artillery pieces mounted onto a British ship called HMS helga. The GPO was badly hit and soon the Irish surrendered. 16 of the Irish leaders were shot by firing squad after the rising.

The British admitted that they lost 155 men to Irish gunfire and two hundred were wounded. The Irish rebels lost at least 70 men and over 1,000 of them were wounded. At least 100 Irish citizens were killed in the crossfire as well. After the rising Dublin was in very bad shape and several hundred people had been killed. But after the British shot the 16 leaders of the rising the Irish people soon felt sorry for the rebels and followed them. The 1916 rising was a major reason for the Irish war of Independence.

This is a video form the 1916 Easter rising commemoration in 2010.

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